2 youths facing arson charges for blaze that destroyed home of family whose son was mauled by dog
The family of a two-year-old boy who was mauled by a dog has lost their home on Bloodvein First Nation in a deliberately-set fire on Wednesday.
"Definitely arson. RCMP investigators from Bloodvein have arrested two female youths from the community, a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old girl, and they remain in police custody at this time," said Cpl. Miles Hiebert from RCMP.
The blaze consumed the Johnson family's home while they were in Winnipeg for their son's medical treatment. Last week, Victoria Johnson’s two-year-old son was attacked by a neighbour’s dog on the First Nation.
The family had been staying in a hotel near Health Sciences Centre so their son could be close to hospital while he recovers.
The family said it lost all their belongings in the fire and doesn't have insurance.
"I don't know what I'm going to do," said Victoria. "Everything we had was in that house."
CTV News spoke with the chief of the First Nation who said there is limited housing on the reserve, but he'll try to find temporary housing, until a more permanent solution can be found.
Victoria's son Jason is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries sustained in the dog mauling.
- with a report from Jon Hendricks